Home Selling

Planning with Experts

Experts agree, buying or selling a home is a complicated and lengthy process you enter into to achieve your ultimate goal. Experience has proven that knowledge is your best ally in successfully navigating your way through this process. Because this specialized knowledge is camouflaged in myth, misinformation, misplaced trust and confusion, personally investing time in acquiring and applying the knowledge is the surest and safest way to proceed. Without this knowledge, the probability of long delays, unnecessary risks, simple yet costly errors and high levels of frustration increase exponentially.

A Better Way To Approach A Real Estate Transaction. “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got”.  The real estate transaction is a process. It is a series of smaller transactions, each very crucial for different reasons.  Each smaller transaction requires specialized knowledge of how that individual part works into the larger transaction.  To make confident decisions one has to understand each of the smaller parts and the different ways they impact the process. Only by accepting this elementary fact, choosing your agent carefully yet retaining personal responsibility over the outcome can we break the pattern. Click here to learn the details.

Let’s look at some specific questions sent in by DearMonty readers from across the country. Read more Q&A articles about the “Planning with Experts” stage of the Home Selling process:

  1. I am a senior executive with one of the leading relocation providers in the industry, what is your take on the relocation industry's ability to reduce relocation costs?

    Reader Question: Historically, rising costs have been the biggest challenge in the relocation industry. We work to control and reduce costs with little tangible results. As a senior executive with one of the leading relocation providers in the industry, what is your take on the relocation industry’s ability to reduce relocation costs? Anonymous    Monty’s […]

    April 24, 2016
  2. My husband is a relocated employee through his employer. Our old home is still for sale after 18 months and our relocation benefits are close to expiration. Can we force them to buy to house or make it sell faster?

    Reader Question: My husband is a relocated employee through his employer. They use a large relocation firm. Our benefits package pays some costs, but no house buyout. We bought a new home in the new location. Our old house has been on sale for over 18 months. The agent says new home construction is the […]

    February 1, 2016
  3. Should home sellers consider an auction sale?

    Reader Question:  As home sellers consider an auction sale and a traditional listing and cannot decide, your take on the differences would be valuable for us to know. Is an auction sale a good idea? Monty’s Answer: A real estate auction is an event conducted by an auctioneer on a certain date, place and time where […]

    August 4, 2015
  4. When do home sellers disclose a murder?

    Reader Question: At what point in the process of selling a house does a Realtor or sellers disclose a murder or suicide in the home? Virginia L. Monty’s Answer: Each state has a law that regulates this question. Most states do not require the disclosure of a death, regardless of the cause. The background The […]

    July 21, 2015
  5. We have a complicated family real estate transaction. We do not know where to start. Should we go to a lender, real estate agent, attorney or title company?

    Reader Question: We want to plan when selling a home. My ex-husband and brother-in-law have a joint tenancy of five acres with a small home on it. My ex-husband owes me for child support for my younger son, so the state has a lien on it. My ex-husband wants his give his half to our two […]

    May 25, 2015
  6. I will be asked to accept a real estate relocation soon. Can you share more detail about the relocation process?

      Reader Question: Your recent answer to the relocating employee caught my eye. I will be asked to accept real estate relocation soon. My employer has no relocation benefit described in the company policy. Our HR director admits to limited relocation knowledge. Can you share more detail about the relocation process? Jonathan K. Monty’s Answer: […]

    April 7, 2015
  7. At an open house we liked, the agent offered that we could trade-in our current home. Is this a good idea?

    Reader Question: We are thinking of downsizing and found a home at an open house. The agent offered a home “ trade-in ” on our current house. They compared it to trading in the old car. What do you think of trade-in’s for houses? Andy and Marcia P. Monty’s Answer: “Trade-in,” “guaranteed home sale,” “home […]

    January 27, 2015